When I first moved to Brussels 10 years ago (yikes, that’s scary!), no one much celebrated Halloween. Things have changed, and although you won’t see kids trick-or-treating everywhere, the Belgian and expat communities are getting into the spirit of things. Here are a few suggestions for events and places to find costumes if you’re heading out this weekend.
Palais des Cotillons is a great party supply and costume shop located downtown. I’ve managed to find some good last-minute accessories and make up for a Halloween disguise at this place – think angel wings or devil horns and tail.
66 Rue du Lombard, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 512 2320
Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 6pm
Very close by Palais des Cotillons you’ll find the fabulous Picard-Megafun. This place has an enormous selection – everything from head-to-toe costumes to wild hats and masks. Even if you don’t buy or rent anything, it’s worth a visit just to look at all the crazy outfits they have upstairs.
43 Rue du Marché au Charbon, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 512 23 87
Open Monday to Saturday, 10 to 6pm
If you’re looking to go all out, another good option is Maison Eldorado on the edge of the Matongé area. They offer a wide choice of costumes for rent, including Halloween classics, historical figures and cartoon characters.
137 Chaussée de Wavre, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 512 96 05
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 6pm
All dressed up and nowhere to go? There are a couple of parties happening around Brussels for All Hallows’ Eve (even if they’re not all taking place on 31 October).
The sports bar Six Nations, located near Place de la Monnaie, is hosting a party on Saturday starting at 9:30pm. Havana in the Marolles area, although not my favorite place in town, is holding a Halloween party on both Friday and Saturday night this weekend. Péniche Fulmar 1913, an old barge turned concert/party venue on the canal, will have a haunted party on Monday night, with free entrance for anyone in a costume.
If you’re looking for something during the day or that’s more family friendly, check out the Halloween Festival at the Musée d’Art Fantastique in Saint Gilles running from Saturday, 29 October to Sunday, 6 November. They’re having a special event on Halloween night starting at 5pm in the Pierre Paulus Park and ending at the Museum at 7pm.
This year I’ve even managed to carve a pumpkin. We’ll have to see about the dressing up…
Images via Pagesdor and Shop in Brussels.